CHICAGO (CBS) — Ald. Edward Burke (14th), the longest-serving and most influential member of the Chicago City Council, confirmed Tuesday he is undergoing surgery for prostate cancer this week.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Burke was at City Hall on Tuesday to talk to reporters about an issue of public health – urging Congress to ban routine use of antibiotics on livestock – before reading a prepared statement about his prostate cancer diagnosis.
“When I scheduled this, I didn’t believe I was going to be talking to you about my own personal health issue, but several weeks ago during a routine physical, it was discovered that my PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) level was elevated,” Burke said. “Further tests revealed that, like hundreds of thousands of other men, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.”